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Botched plastic surgery results in Saudi woman’s loss of hands and leg

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A Saudi health committee has arrested a doctor who conducted a fat transfer operation from the stomach of a Saudi woman to her rear end.

After the operation, the woman’s health deteriorated and she was sent to a government hospital in Riyadh, where doctors had to amputate both her hands and her right leg, due to health complications resulting from the surgery.

During investigations, the doctor said that the surgery, which was carried out in his clinic at a medical complex, took around two hours using local anesthetic; a clear violation of regulations.

The committee visited the complex and found that the administrative and medical organization within the facility did not reach the minimum level required, violating health regulations.

After checking the operating theater where the surgery was undertaken, the committee discovered that there were neither devices to monitor vital signs, nor a cardiopulmonary resuscitation cart, bag-valve-mask ventilation or oxygen mask.

These devices are mandatory to ensure the safety of the patient in the case of emergency. The committee also stressed that the clinic lacked of the medical supplies needed for small and major operations.

Based on these investigations and findings, the committee decided to arrest the doctor. It also sent to the competent authorities the details of the case, asking to withdraw his license and remove the doctor’s name from a list of licensed doctors.